University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

601 S Morgan, Chicago, IL

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University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university located in metro Chicago. UIC is one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world.  It has 15 academic colleges, and 13 inter-college programs or centers of study.

UIC offers a wide range of undergraduate majors and minors, and pre-professional degree programs. There are hundreds of choices for a course of study, spanning the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, and more. Pre-professional programs prepare students for graduate work in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law.

UIC boasts the largest College of Medicine in the United States. It also has a well-reputed College of Dentistry. UIC offers many masters and doctoral degree programs ranging from architecture and the arts, to business and the sciences, social work, and more.

The UIC faculty is highly acclaimed, with two MacArthur Genius Award winners, and several winners of awards, grants and fellowships from organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Science, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and more.


The University of Illinois was founded in 1867, under the name of the Illinois Industrial University, as a land-grant institution established through the Morrill Act. The school opened in Urbana-Champaign in 1868. A temporary, two-year branch of the university opened in 1946 at the Navy Pier Campus in Chicago. The primary purpose of this branch was to educate returning war veterans. Students and faculty at the two-year Navy Pier branch led a movement to establish a permanent four-year branch of the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 1965, the Navy Pier branch was replaced by the Chicago Circle Campus, which offered a more comprehensive academic curriculum. In 1982, the University of Illinois at Chicago was formed through the consolidation of the University of Illinois' Medical Center Campus and the Chicago Circle Campus.


The academic calendar for the University of Illinois at Chicago follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and two shorter summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Illinois at Chicago divides its academic units into colleges and programs, as follows:


  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • College of Architecture & The Arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Medicine at Chicago
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs

Inter-College Academic Programs:

  • Cancer Center
  • Center for Cardiovascular Research
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Center for Structural Biology
  • Council on Teacher Education
  • Graduate Education in Medical Sciences
  • Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions
  • Moving Image Arts
  • National Center for Excellence in Women's Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Special Scholarship Programs
  • Study Abroad Office

Student Life

UIC offers more than 200 student clubs, groups and organizations, including Greek fraternities and sororities. The student organizations represent a range of interests from academic, to religious, cultural, political and recreational. Student government offers opportunities for leadership.  Many student organizations host guest speakers and workshops, or offer internships and volunteer opportunities to help students network with others and develop to their furthest potential.

Student Services at UIC include Family Medical Centers and CampusCare for healthcare needs, Career Services, Counseling Service, a Children's Center, Disability Resources, Computing Services, Legal Services, and more.

While many students choose off-campus living to enjoy the excitement of city life in Chicago, there is also on-campus housing available. On-campus housing options offer easy access to fitness facilities, campus cafes, and many other dining and recreational services.


The UIC school colors are red and blue, the athletic teams are called the "Flames," and the school mascot is a dragon named "Sparky."


The UIC "Flames" athletic teams have won numerous championships and compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country & Track and Field
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country & Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Illinois at Chicago is situated on one campus of 240 acres, which is divided into three parts: Westside Campus, Eastside Campus and South Campus. UIC has more than 100 buildings scattered among each area or division of its campus.  Students can travel around the three campus divisions easily by using the Intra-campus Bus Service.

Community Life

Since 1993, UIC has run a "Great Cities Commitment" program that involves UIC faculty, students and staff in partnering with government organizations, businesses and community to address community concerns.  Community projects have involved healthcare, education, affordable housing, economic development and transportation.  The mission of the program is to improve the quality of life for residents of Chicago and neighboring communities through urban research.

The UC Campus is in the heart of metro Chicago, minutes away from restaurants, shopping, Chicago's lakefront and music concerts and events at millennium Park. Many art and science museums also are accessible via convenient transportation.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates University of Illinois at Chicago accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Illinois at Chicago is around 29,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 12% enrolling as graduate students and 61% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $12,000-$14,000
    • Out-of-State: $24,000-$29,240
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $1,800-$2,100 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $3,900-$4,700 per unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$13,424
Receiving Student Loans43%$6,614

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, University of Illinois at Chicago may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of Illinois at Chicago is around 57%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years30%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)

Campus: University of Illinois at Chicago - College of Medicine at Rockford

  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
    • * Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (since 1939)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Illinois at Chicago is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Horizon League)
  • Basketball (Horizon League)
  • Track and Field (Horizon League)
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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